Gawai is in the air!

SIBU: The festive mood is already in the air here although Gawai Dayak is about two weeks away.

Many premises are beautifully decorated for the Gawai Dayak celebration.

A stall selling various types of Dayak traditional items.

An entrepreneur, Duya Mugan, who sells Iban traditional items and costumes at the Central Market here, said some Dayaks began preparing for the festival in April.

“That’s when they started buying festive items at my stall.

“Most Dayaks prepare for the Gawai early. Some of them prefer to shop early as they live in remote longhouses,” she told New Sarawak Tribune.

Duya sells “baju burung”, “Ngepan Iban” (Iban traditional clothes), headgears, gong and handicrafts made from beads, among other things.

“Most of these items are from my suppliers except for the beaded handicrafts. I made them myself,” she said.

‘Kek Lapis’ on sale at Sibu Central Market.